The Westmoreland County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is your local connection to Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. Through educational programs based on research and developed with input from local stakeholders, we help the people of Westmoreland County improve their lives. We provide education through programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Viability.
Mosquitos and their Control
Mosquitoes occur throughout Virginia and are both a nuisance, as well as a potential disease carrier. Eliminating potential mosquito breeding habitats around the home landscape is a critical part of a mosquito control program. Check out VCE’s updated mosquito publication.
In addition, Altosid XR mosquito control briquettes are available for Westmoreland County residents at no charge. Altosid XR is an insecticide that works by preventing the emergence of adult mosquitoes and is used in potential mosquito breeding habitats, such as roadside ditches and other standing water. The briquettes are slow release providing control for up to 150 days. Visit the Extension Office at the AT Johnson Building to pick up the briquettes (limit 5 per household).
4-H Teen Leadership Opportunity – Applications Available Now
The Westmoreland/Richmond County 4-H program is now recruiting teens who are interested in serving in a leadership role at 2018 4-H camp. Youth interested in serving as Teen Leaders must be at least 14 years old by 1/1/18 to be eligible to apply and must be available to serve for the Westmoreland and Richmond County’s camping week – July 23-27, 2018.
Teen leaders serve a critical role while at camp. They are responsible for supervising children during the camping session, providing for the safety and well-being of each camp participant; assisting with camp classes, programs, and activities and being on-time and present for all assigned activities. Teen leaders should be able and willing to treat each camper, staff person, and their peers with respect and dignity at all times and should show a genuine concern for children by communicating, advising, assisting, and establishing a warm, friendly relationship with them. Teens must demonstrate a willingness to work as a member of a team with other staff persons, teens and adults, summer camp staff, and under the supervision, guidance, direction, and leadership of the Extension staff in charge of the 4-H camping program. Teens should be able and willing to accept and perform leadership roles (being a “leader”) as a 4-H camp teen counselor, and being able and willing work as a member of the team when others are in the leadership position (being a “follower”).
Applications and reference forms are available now at the Extension Office or electronically by request. Deadline for application and references is February 23, 2018. Application does not guarantee selection. Training is required and provided by Extension Staff. Please contact Wendy Herdman if you have any questions or concerns.